What is an Independent School?

“Independent” schools are funded by tuition, not by tax dollars. They are not-for-profit corporations governed by self-perpetuating boards of directors, not by the government (public schools), by a diocese (parochial schools), or by private owners (proprietary schools).

Each independent school is free to develop its own educational mission and philosophy and to enroll “mission-appropriate” students whose abilities and interests are well suited for the school’s culture, programs, and methods. Schools seek teachers who are academically gifted, who connect and communicate well with students, and who contribute enthusiastically to school life.

Independent schools come in a variety of flavors—single-sex and coed; boarding and day; rural, urban, and suburban. They maintain high standards and expectations and they offer wide-ranging athletic, artistic, service, and leadership opportunities.

Why teach at an Independent School?

Teaching at independent schools means building close relationships in small classes, innovating and collaborating, inspiring discovery, and focusing on learning rather than standardized testing.  Dedicated teachers, supportive alumni, and devoted parents are committed to preparing young people for lives of leadership and service.  Success is more than lofty test scores and college acceptances.  It’s seeing students tap into their talents and aspirations.

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